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Meet the team

A short biog of some of the less shy members of the John Catt Educational team. Click on the names for an email link, or use our general contact address: enquiries@johncatt.com

Managing DirectorAlex Sharratt: A former sports journalist, I was tempted away from London by the prospect of the Good Life in the Suffolk countryside.  I haven’t been disappointed – the summers are beautiful and home-made cider and country wines have seen me through the bleak midwinters. At John Catt, I am in equal measure proud and inspired at how progressive  we are as a small company and am hugely optimistic about the future here.

James Rudge, Production Director: James first joined John Catt in the late 90s as an apprentice and, after a five-year stint and a good grounding in the publishing industry, he moved to London to seek his fortune. James worked in London for eight years adding more and more strings to his bow. Now he’s back with an attitude and is heading up the Studio team.

Jonathan Barnes, Editorial Director: I joined John Catt in February 2012 after 13 years working in journalism. I edit JCEL’s guides and directories and take on various roles in the publication of our broad range of titles. I’m also custodian of our Twitter and Facebook sites. Outside of work I’m kept busy by my two young children, but I find a little time to play in an Elvis Presley tribute band and be eternally disappointed by Ipswich Town FC.

Derek Bingham, Publishing Director. After a stint as kitchen boy and then stable lad (too tall to be a jockey) I joined Maclean-Hunter as a trainee, moving five years later to Harmsworth Press, part of the Associated Newspaper Group, where I spent 16 years, seven of them as an editor.  Since joining JCEL in 1989 it has been a pleasure to watch it grow from the three school directories we produced then to more than 30 directories, guides, magazines, journals and books we now publish annually, and to see JCEL so firmly established in the educational publishing market. One problem, though, remains unsolved: how to find more time for fishing.

Hi, I’m Richard Munningsaccount executive at John Catt by day, bell-ringer by night (and quite an engrossed one at that!) I’ve been working here since May 2008 and as much as I enjoyed the old schoolhouse – though I never got the chance to enjoy/endure it during a biting winter – I personally love the intimate atmosphere at our more compact and modern offices and the fact it only takes me five minutes to walk home from them!

Madeleine, account executive: As one of the sales team here, I’m the person that companies and organisations work with to arrange advertising in our magazines, directories and websites. I’ve been here over a year now, but find that I’m still learning more about the world of independent education every day.

Hi, I’m Scott James – Production Assistant, I joined the team back in January 2005,  I help production manager James in the day-to-day makeup of the guides, directories, magazines – and anything else that needs designing and beautifying. A lot has changed during my time with John Catt: new and interesting products, new faces and a office relocation being just some of them. I feel proud to have worked on the first ever IB World Schools Yearbook and to have been part of its success and John Catt’s success in my time here so far.

Hello, my name is Sara Rogers. I started working at John Catt in January 2012 and spent a year as an apprentice working towards my NVQ Level 2 in business & administration. During the following year I learnt about various aspects of the company, the world of business and the education market we deal in. In January 2013 I was promoted to the position of trainee assistant to the executive editor. I currently help with data management, data research and any other tasks I can lend a hand with.

Ian Morphew is our copy clerk and bookshop manager. I wear two hats at John Catt – With my first hat, I look after the book sales and distribution. We receive book orders through email, fax, telephone, post and through our online bookshop. My job is to collate orders and raise invoices ready to be sent to customers along with their books. We send books all over the world via different shipping methods. Part of my remit is keeping stock in the office and running our warehouse. With hat number two, I morph (clever use of surname) into a copy clerk, this is the part of the job I enjoy most as I get to talk to our clients in both schools and companies who are advertising in our guides and magazines.


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